LWDW 191: Budgies And GNOMES

Linus changes his stance on Microsoft, GNOME embraces systemd, Flatpak 1.6 will add parental controls, and low-profile heatpipes for your Pi 4.

02:41 GNOME 3.34
05:01 Linus on Microsoft
09:26 Cawbird
13:16 Budgie and Gnomes
16:36 Flatpak updates
18:51 Fedora i686
22:06 Best Linux video editors
26:01 Game streaming with OBS
32:36 NVIDIA joins Blender
34:26 Shameless self promotion
36:01 Low-profile Pi 4 heatpipe
38:56 Pi microscope
41:56 Emails


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GNOME 3.34 systemd (RTheren)

  • Solus got it pretty early but I still haven’t been arsed to try it.
  • Now that systemd is managing GNOME 3.34, hardware components can be sandboxed for greater security.
  • And services can be shutdown and restarted depending on what hardware is or isn’t present.
  • Thanks to RTheren in chat for submitting this.


Linus on Microsoft 

  • Linus is getting soft in his old age. 
  • That, or parts of MS (the smart ones) are legit trying to change. 
  • And Linus also mentions the exFAT patent, which honestly was my last gripe on the whole Microsoft and Linux thing.
  • Now I’m waiting and seeing.
  • Linux is protected by the GPL2 open-source licensing, so no single company can control it, not even M$.
  • In fact, Linux is the driving force for most tech companies whose developers have to work on the Linux kernel in a collaborative and transparent way.
  • Even Microsoft has to bow down to the penguin!!!  Our penguin army is marching forward . . .
  • Microsoft might be the largest Linux distributor.
  • At the end of the day the kernel doesn’t care who you work for. 
  • We’re talking about a company that’s using Chromium as the base for their browser. 



  • They claim to have the corebird functionality down.
  • Now the goal is to expand.
  • I wouldn’t mind something with the complete Tweetdeck functionality.
  • Yeah, IMA stick with the browser and Tweetdeck. 
  • Twitter changes things, things break.
  • Cawbird is a new Twitter client for Linux and is a fork of Corebird.
  • Yeah, I had just started using the original Corebird Twitter client when it ceased to function, so was happy when I found the newly developed Cawbird.
  • I love Cawbird, but my biggest complaint is that it’s notification stream is mentions only, not likes, followers and so on.
  • Refreshing every few mins for new tweets is not a big deal to me, as some other third party Twitter apps I have used on Android do the same thing.
  • I really want more development to continue on Cawbird because we need a good Twitter client for Linux, but worry, that yes, Twitter will change things and it will break.


Budgie and Gnomes

  • Budgie 10.5.1 introduces hinting and anti-aliasing settings in the Fonts section of the Budgie Desktop Settings.
  • This will make the fonts much crisper in Budgie.  I have noticed the fonts appeared blurry when enlarged, especially on my UHD display.
  • Budgie 10.5.1 provides support for several GNOME stack releases, including GNOME 3.30, 3.32, and 3.34.
  • This allows a greater number of users to get updates.
  • I enjoyed watching Joshua Strobl, the Solus project lead, fix bugs and integrate the latest GNOME updates in Solus live on his Twitch channel!
  • The big focus on this one is getting the new GNOME bits and using them to improve on Budgie.


Flatpak updates

  • Parental controls. 
  • Disk space checks. 
  • System for purchasing or donating. 
  • The ability to mask updates so they will STFU. 
  • Lots of quality of life planned for the future.
  • Flatpak development is open for contribution and they would love to hear from you!
  • My favorite thing about flatpaks is that they don’t create stupid lowercase folders in my home directory.


Fedora EOL i386

  • We all knew this was coming, and just like Ubuntu, Fedora follows suit.
  • I like that the article suggests if you’re running 32 bit hardware as a server consider using a newer ARM board instead, as it is more energy efficient.
  • Someone on my Twitter timeline wondered why nobody was upset about Fedora dropping i386 when it was full-metal OMGWTFBBQ when Ubuntu did it. 
  • On word, SURPRISE
    • And Fedora specifically said it would maintain the multilib compatibility, something which Ubuntu originally specifically pointed out as being something they wouldn’t do.
  • And as long as those multilibs stay and allow me to play mah vidjagames, I’m good!


Best Linux editors

  • Openshot hahahahahahahahahahah, no. 
  • Kdenlive is not on the list so on behalf of LWDW allow me to declare the list invalid. 
  • And that’s from a Davinci Resolve shill.
  • This article leaves out some of the best non-Linear video editors available. 
  • Only 3 of the 8 video editors listed work on Linux—OpenShot, Davinci Resolve and Shotcut.
  • And, yes Kdenlive not listed, Waaahhhhhhh?!
  • This article from a few months ago has a better list ;-D
  • I also love Flowblade, Cinelerra and the new Olive video editor.
  • Fossbytes posting a list of free but not all free software video editors.
  • I can see why some people take issue with that website’s content.


Easy game streaming 

  • As someone who spends time on /r/obs and the support channel on Discord helping people Linux, dude. 
    • A. Don’t stream on a laptop. 
    • B. If you must, make sure it’s not on WiFi and plug it into the mains. 
    • C. Never use Intel or AMD based encoding for streaming, it’s junk. 
      • This is not debatable.
    • D. For the love of FSM use the PPA from the OBS project (or build it from sauce) and not the Snap or the Flatpak.  
  • Rarw.
  • The AppImage of OBS actually does run quite well, but I wouldn’t use it in production.
  • Yeah, no, wouldn’t want to use the Snap either.
  • One of the major issues reported on the GitHub page–The obs-linuxbrowser plugin is included with the snap, but segfaults when adding a Linux Browser source.
  • I think if we tried to use it here at LinuxGameCast Venn’s studio would explode!
  • I gave up when Popey recommended enabling hardware encoding for Intel off of the OBS Snap.
  • I could have even bought it, if he had gone through the trouble of explaining how to setup Intel Quick Sync.
  • So unless this is to mean that the new vaapi in ffmpeg is QuickSync aware, out of the box, in Ubuntu (which I doubt), no. Just… no!


Nvidia Blends (Mfoxdogg)

  • Awesome, NVIDIA has joined the Blender Foundation Development Fund at the Patron level!
  • NVIDIA joins Epic Games at that level.
  • That’s 120k or more a year!
  • This will allow for two more developers to work on core Blender development and keep the NVIDIA GPU rendering well supported and even faster in the future.
  • Thank you Mfoxdogg for submitting this!
  • Took them long enough!

Slice of Pi

Heatpipe Pi 

  • That’s almost the same price as the tiny tower cooler and at least that one has active cooling.
  • Raspberry Pi enthusiast George Godinez makes the first low profile Raspberry Pi 4 cooler.
  • It has a direct-touch heatpipe which is encased in thermally conductive resin with the bottom exposed to make contact with the Pi 4.
  • One of the nice things about this cooling option is that it is low profile and will accommodate most Pi 4 HATs.



  • The software side still needs a bit of work!
  • The hardware I’d say is pretty much what you’d want for a prototype/diy digital microscope.





  • Thanks so much Frostclaw for letting us know!
  • Frosty has an awesome Raspberry Pi and 3D Printing YouTube channel, so he would know this from experience.

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